Seahawks Executive VP/General Manager John Schneider joined 'Voice of the Seahawks' play-by-play radio announcer Steve Raible for an interview ahead of Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers and shared an update on the status of running back Marshawn Lynch, one of Seattle's seven inactive players.
"Really, it's kind of a day to day deal with him," Schneider said of Lynch. "He's had this abdominal strain and it's just been a weird thing for him. So it's really kind of a day to day deal. We thought he'd be able to go today and he came out in pregame and just was not able to go."
Lynch, who didn't participate in practice all week, is expected to be replaced in the Seahawks' starting lineup by rookie Thomas Rawls, who ran for 169 yards and a touchdown when Lynch was out against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5. Schneider said fullback Derrick Coleman would also receive carries at tailback in Lynch's absence.
"Marshawn did not practice all week, so Derrick Coleman and Thomas Rawls were really taking the majority of the reps with Fred [Jackson] as well, obviously," Schneider said. "So game game preparation-wise we're ready, it's just always a disappointment when you don't have a guy like Marshawn Lynch. But Thomas had a great game against Cincinnati and is really champing at the bit for his opportunities, so this'll be a fun deal."
Also out for the Seahawks is linebacker Bruce Irvin, who hurt his knee in last Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Mike Morgan is expected to start in Irvin's place at strongside linebacker, but Schneider said Morgan is a bit "banged up" too, which is why the team elevated Eric Pinkins from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster on Saturday.
"He's been having a great year, it's too bad," Schneider said of the inactive Irvin. "We moved up Eric Pinkins yesterday because Mike Morgan's a little bit banged up as well, so we needed to get another SAM linebacker up. So we've got Pinkins up for today and he's had a nice two to three weeks of practice here. But yeah, we're going to take care of Bruce and try to get him back and ready as soon as we possibly can."
Also expected to receive more play time with Irvin on the mend are defensive ends Cassius Marsh and Frank Clark, who will see snaps in Irvin's pass-rushing role in obvious throwing situations.
"They're going to get more reps, obviously with Bruce being out on passing downs," Schneider said. "Cassius with his quickness and Frank with his strength and his length. Frank's a very powerful guy, Cassius just plays with his hair on fire, so excited to get those guys on the field a little bit more and see how they do."